Faculty Basketball convention energy rankings: Massive 12 grabs No. 1, Pac-12 edges Massive Ten after NCAA Match


Getting into the 2021 NCAA Match, there have been solely two logical selections for which convention was one of the best in school basketball in the course of the 2020-21 season. The Massive Ten and Massive 12 had been the one conferences sending greater than half their groups to the Massive Dance, and the 2 leagues accounted for a staggering eight of the top-12 seeds within the occasion.

However by the point the Candy 16 rolled round, simply two of the mixed 16 groups from the Massive Ten and Massive 12 had been nonetheless alive. As a substitute, a bunch of shock groups emerged, together with a number of from the Pac-12, to assist reshape the narrative on convention supremacy. With the COVID-19 pandemic lowering the variety of nonconference video games performed, the NCAA Match was our greatest learn on the place issues stood nationally.

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In order we replicate on the craziness of the 2020-21 school basketball season, which convention really was one of the best? There are many methods to debate it, however here’s a breakdown utilizing the next standards: common NET rating of every workforce in a league, common NET rating with out the worst two groups included, variety of NCAA Match bids, NCAA Match information and variety of NBA prospects.

The conferences included within the rating are these which have been thought-about the game’s main seven leagues lately by CBS Sports activities.

Draft prospects had been taken from the newest CBS Sports activities NBA Massive Board, which options the highest 75 prospects for the 2021 NBA Draft. Right here is final yr’s closing convention energy rating, which used a mix of information and eye-test analysis because of the distinctive circumstances of the postseason cancelation.

1. Massive 12

Thank goodness for Baylor, as a result of with out the Bears, the Massive 12 would have ended up in the identical boat because the Massive Ten. Baylor was the league’s solely Candy 16 workforce, and the Bears went the gap for the nationwide title. The league’s high seven groups had been all proficient squads, and although a lot of them underperformed within the postseason, the pains of the common season clearly ready Baylor to chop down the nets in Indianapolis. It ended up being nearer than anticipated, however due to Baylor’s good NCAA Match efficiency, the Massive 12 sneaks out a victory within the closing convention energy rankings.


  • 1st in NCAA Match bid proportion: 7 of 10 (70%)
  • third in NCAA Match document: 11-6 (64.7%)
  • 1st in high 75 NBA Draft prospects: 12 (1.2 per workforce)
  • 4th in common NET rating: 66.7 (51.4 final yr)
  • 1st in common NET rating excluding backside two groups: 33.4 (39.9 final yr)

2. Pac-12

The Pac-12 earned our designation because the nation’s most-improved convention final season, and it simply repeats in that regard following a memorable NCAA Match efficiency. Three of the league’s 5 NCAA Match groups made the Elite Eight, and all 5 received at the least one recreation. Contemplating that Arizona may have been the league’s sixth NCAA Match workforce if not for a self-imposed postseason ban, it is simple to see that this convention is on the rise.


  • fifth in NCAA Match bid proportion: 5 of 12 (41.7%)
  • 1st in NCAA Match document: 13-5 (72.2%)
  • 4th in high 75 NBA Draft prospects: 7 (0.58 per workforce)
  • 2nd in common NET rating: 52.9 (60.6 final yr)
  • third in common NET rating excluding backside two groups: 44.1 (39.4 final yr)

3. Massive Ten

The Massive Ten appeared just like the runaway favourite to repeat as the highest convention when it landed 9 squads within the Massive Dance, together with a pair of No. 1 seeds and a pair of No. 2 seeds. Nonetheless, a dismal exhibiting within the NCAA Match noticed the league’s final remaining workforce (No. 1 seed Michigan) get bounced by No. 11 seed UCLA within the Elite Eight.


  • 2nd in NCAA Match bid proportion: 9 of 14 (64.3%)
  • sixth in NCAA Match document: 8-9 (47.1%)
  • fifth in high 75 NBA Draft prospects: 8, 0.57 per workforce
  • 1st in common NET rating: 46.4 (51.4 final yr)
  • 2nd in common NET rating excluding backside two groups: 35.4 (29.7 final yr)

4. SEC

Even with Kentucky down and Auburn enduring a self-imposed postseason ban, the SEC had a greater season on the entire than it did in 2019-20. The league’s six NCAA Match bids had been two greater than it was projected to obtain in 2020. That success will be attributed to a pair of second-year coaches in Nate Oats at Alabama and Eric Musselman at Arkansas, who’ve injected contemporary life into the league.


  • 4th in NCAA Match bid proportion: 6 of 14 (42.9%) 
  • 4th in NCAA Match document: 7-6 (53.8%)
  • 2nd in high 75 NBA Draft prospects: 12 (0.86 per workforce)
  • third in common NET rating: 64.6 (64.9 final yr)
  • 4th in common NET rating excluding backside two groups: 51.3 (54.5 final yr)

5. ACC

With Duke on the wrestle bus, North Carolina simply mediocre and Louisville narrowly lacking the NCAA Match, it was one other down season for this traditionally wealthy convention. Syracuse’s shock Candy 16 run helped salvage some dignity for the ACC, however consecutive fifth-place finishes within the convention energy rankings represent a noteworthy dip within the league’s hoops status.


  • third in NCAA Match bid proportion: 7 of 15 (46.7%)
  • seventh in NCAA Match document: 4-7 (36.4%)
  • third in Prime 75 NBA Draft prospects: 12 (0.8 per workforce)
  • sixth in common NET rating: 78 (69.3 final yr)
  • sixth in Common NET rating excluding backside two groups: 60.8 (50.2 final yr)

6. Massive East

The Massive East fell the furthest of any convention on this yr’s rating amid a forgettable season that noticed its high contenders — Villanova and Creighton — fizzle within the Candy 16. Georgetown made a very good story by profitable the Massive East Match, however the Hoyas ended Seton Corridor’s NCAA Match bid within the course of. Total, it was a foul yr for the convention’s center class and the upper-tier did not carry the banner very far within the Massive Dance.


  • sixth in NCAA Match bid proportion: 4 of 11 (36.4%)
  • fifth in NCAA Match document: 4-4 (50%)
  • sixth in high 75 NBA Draft prospects: 5, 0.45 per workforce
  • fifth in common NET rating: 72.9 (38.1 final yr)
  • fifth in common NET rating excluding backside two groups: 56.8 (26.3 final yr)

7. AAC

At this level, the AAC most likely must be grouped in with the Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley, Mountain West and West Coast conferences in the case of the hoops dialogue. That is a disgrace, as a result of with a bit sharpening, the potential is there for this league to recurrently ship 4 groups to the NCAA Match. Even with UConn departed for the Massive East, model names like Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, Wichita State ought to be capable to take this convention greater than its gone lately. Faculties like Temple, SMU and UCF have additionally proven flashes of the potential wanted to boost this league’s basketball profile however have struggled to generate consistency. Put merely, the AAC is underperforming, even with Houston making a Remaining 4 run in 2021.


  • seventh in NCAA Match bid proportion: 2 of 11 (18.2%)
  • 2nd in NCAA Match document: 4-2 (66.7%)
  • seventh in high 75 NBA Draft prospects: 1 (0.09 per workforce) 
  • seventh in common NET rating: 110.3 (94.8 final yr)
  • seventh in common NET rating excluding backside two groups: 93.1 (76.2 final yr)



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